Slab Murphy is indeed a good republican – he was at the heart of a terror group

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy arrives at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin this month during his trial for tax offences. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Thomas 'Slab' Murphy arrives at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin this month during his trial for tax offences. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The victims in the South Armagh area have suffered greatly at the hands of Slab Murphy and murderous IRA gangs.

We are glad that now at long last someone has started to be held to account.

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For 15 years we have been highlighting Slab’s criminal empire and demanded it be taken down.

Finally it seems there is some action on this.

We have been attacked, intimated and harassed by republicans but now we hope this is the beginning of the end for Slab and the IRA’s criminal empire in South Armagh and across the border.

It is surprising to hear people coming out to condemn Gerry Adams after his defence and claim that Slab is a ‘good’ republican. Of course he is.

Like all so called ‘good’ republicans he has been at the heart of an organisation that has stolen, murdered, maimed and bombed which in the eyes of Sinn Fein IRA makes you a good republican.

Unfortunately today many have forgotten the reality of the republican cause as the rewriting of our history continues to try and romanticise their so-called fight for freedom.

This could not be more wrong or inaccurate. These people murdered and maimed thousands of innocents in the name of a united Ireland.

It must not be forgotten or papered over what they were responsible for.

We will be pressing the police and other agencies not only with Slab Murphy but other issues and individuals regarding the republican movement as well in this area. The victims who have been campaigning to hold Gerry Adams and Slab Murphy to account will never stop until we see justice.

We hope to see more of Gerry Adams’ ‘good’ republicans held to account in the future. This is what we call a real Fresh Start.

William Frazer, Spokesman FAIR